The Carolina Hurricanes had chances to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets, but couldn’t hold onto to two leads and lost 3-2 to the Metropolitan rivals.
It took until the second period for either team to score and it was Jeff Skinner who broke the tie. Riley Nash went hard into the Blue Jackets’ left corner, caused a turnover then found Skinner in the slot with a pass. The 22-year-old shot, Elias Lindholm drove the net to keep the play alive and Skinner put in his own rebound.
However, Skinner ended up causing a Blue Jacket goal more than two minutes later, when he passed the puck into the middle of the ice by the right hashmarks of the Canes’ net. Matt Calvert intercepted it and fired a shot over Anton Khudobin‘s glove to tie it.
In the third period, Andrei Loktionov gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead on the powerplay after Nash found him across ice and the Russian sniped home a shot from the right dot.
But 50 seconds later it was tied again as Khudobin misplayed a rolling puck from Nathan Horton that skittered to Artem Anisimov. Anisimov outworked John-Michael Liles, who was playing him well, then shot the puck past the netminder.
In overtime, Anisimov hit Ryan Johansen with a pass just inside the zone, then Johansen shot the puck, flubbed off Khudobin’s glove and bounced into the net to win the 3-2 decision.
This wasn’t a game the Hurricanes deserved to lose, but it wasn’t one they deserved to win either. I guess the point earned in overtime accounts for that.
The Canes never really dominated in the game, but they scored the more workmanlike goals and took the battle to the Blue Jackets, causing turnovers and winning battles.
But the mistakes the team made led to that loss. Jeff Skinner made an errant pass that was intercepted, Anton Khudobin didn’t hold onto a puck that he should have and Jiri Tlusty put his hand on the puck when using his stick was a fine action.
The penalty was part of a rough night for Tlusty, who missed the net on two great chances in the first period, one coming off a turnover and one from a beautiful pass from John-Michael Liles.
Besides the missed rebound, Khudobin had another strong game and made some big saves, especially on a 2-on-1 in the first period.
Without Riley Nash the Hurricanes’ two goals wouldn’t have happened. He won a puck battle in the corner on the first one, then made a difficult pass to Loktionov for the second.
Speaking of Loktionov, he continues to impress lately with his prowess on the man advantage and his defensive capabilities. He went to the ice in the third period to block a pass and never gives up on the backcheck.
The process was there for the Carolina Hurricanes tonight, but the hiccups along the way ruined the result.